ISA HOPKINS

Raconteur. Adventurer. Kimchi Enthusiast.

Duly Noted

I’ve been negligent in my linking duties around here lately.  Chalk it up to a summer of adventure.   And now, some of the backlog:   – Democracy is not a steady-state condition.   – The Boston Marathon bomber, Trayvon Martin, image, physicality, criminality: what does it mean to “look like a monster”, anyway?   – Taking stock of the two-state solution.   – A morning-after HIV pill exists.   – Remember when.. Read More

The culture of our world, right now, is crafted by little boys who only recall being stood up on their first date, and nothing they got after. They don’t remember the sand they kicked in other people’s eyes, only their own injuries. Our art is cynical and bad-ass and made by people who will not be happy until you join them in the church of “everything is fucked up, so throw up your.. Read More

HateMailBag

So it turns out the best part about writing about race on the Internet is the slow trickle of racist email never goes away!  While I am happy to ignore the comments and the tweets, I feel obligated to respond to those who send emails.  After all, they took so much time and effort to track me down; the least I can do is expend a few words to explain to them why.. Read More

Dear Racists: You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are

I wrote a short essay about race and ethnicity in the George Zimmerman trial.  It was published on Salon.  If you have not read it yet, I encourage you to do so, both because the rest of this post will not make much sense without it, and because, if you’ll pardon my bragging, it’s pretty good.   Most of the comments on it are quite… pointed, shall we say?  I’ve received a handful.. Read More

You’re Standing On My Neck

Today’s post is from a guest writer!  Tom Schneider is a friend of mine.  He got a 1600 on his SATs, back when that meant two perfect scores instead of three mediocre scores, and he has interesting thoughts about things sometimes.  Sometimes, he will share those thoughts here.  If you crave more T-Schneid, follow him on Twitter:@RealCynicalJerk.   1. Thesis So.  I’m going to be writing a series of recaps of the complete.. Read More

Duly Noted

Couple points of interest: – Legislative misuse of graphics can be entertaining.   – How the NSA surveillance program fits into a post-9/11 authoritarian paradigm.   – Documenting gun violence: homicides, suicides, and accidents.   – Perhaps the most perfect example of America’s dysfunctional health care system: childbirth.   – White privilege in a couple of nutshells: the idea that being called racist for one’s racist behavior is somehow a greater injury than.. Read More

This is a business school mentality, that education can be measured with precision on sheets of papers with lists and checkmarks. Accreditation—it’s about who gives you credit, and how you can persuade them to do so. It’s trust and confidence again. Who do we trust? Who do we have faith in to say that we’ve done the right thing? … The reduction of the moral to the financial is so complete that risk is.. Read More

Duly Noted

The last few weeks have entered into a period of crazy-busyness, kicked off with my move from the existential hell I’ve written of before.  Though there is a lot going on, I will make efforts to update more regularly – as it is I’ve accumulated quite a backlog of links to share:   – Firstly, for those who haven’t yet read it, Russell Brand’s essay on Margaret Thatcher is empathetic, intelligent, and generally.. Read More

Duly Noted

To keep you occupied over the holiday weekend:   – A fascinating (and vitally important) detailing of the process by which laws are actually enacted.  It’s not short, but then, it is a complicated process, and one in which significant pieces of publicly supported legislation endure dramatic alterations in often-underreported fashion.   – Who has two thumbs and is super amped for the S3 “Game of Thrones” premiere?  LOTS OF PEOPLE!  Including this.. Read More

Duly Noted

Catching my eye in the last few days:   – As I wrote in Grist: mixing financial incentives with the sharing economy affects both intentions and outcomes.   – The library is one of the most obvious and entrenched manifestations of the sharing economy.  As the nature of books changes, libraries are discovering other things to be shared.   – The history and incentives behind bottle redemption.   – Our economic approach is.. Read More